Magnolia Blvd to Long Beach Blvd (the green on the map above). That’s what’s open so far, as of July 27th, 2013.
Work on the wooden boards appear to be heading westward, which means the section that will open next is between Magnolia and Laurelton Blvds. East of Long Beach Blvd, which is finally getting the wave-break wall, looks to be the part that will be finished last. Estimated time of completion for the full boardwalk is November, but wouldn’t it be swell if it’s all done on October 29th, on the anniversary of destruction?
Some notes: There was an awesome shower at the beach entrance near Long Beach Blvd. Of course I didn’t take a photo of it, but I did snap one of the snazzy water fountain (last photo on the page). The Bishop’s Hook lamp fixtures look awesome! I think we all agree that they are a big improvement. The railings look great too! Perfect for parents who were scared of their kids slipping though the old ones. The Benches are coming, but many were damaged and need to be repaired (or replaced?) Personally, I am not sure how those old benches will look esthetically on this new & beautiful boardwalk, but whatever. I’m not going there… (even though I just kinda did..) Compared to the old boardwalk, this bike lane is off-centered, giving more pedestrian room on the beach side. Makes sense. I think it gives off the illusion that this boardwalk is wider, even though it’s not. Oh, the boards are less bouncy. Here are a few photos:
(In the photo below: wood/concrete mix that’s between Long Beach Blvd to National Blvd.)